A loan of $1,000 helped to buy clothing.


Maritza Maribel's story

Maritza is a member of the 'Bankito Progresista' community bank. She lives in the city of Cuenca which was declared a World Heritage Site in December 1999. It is the third most important city in the country and has great natural beauty. The locals maintain the culture and traditions of their villages and are noted for being kind and friendly people.

Maritza is 28 years old, married, and has three children who are 7, 5 and 4 years old. All of her children are attending elementary school in the city. Her husband is a car mechanic. They do not own their own home but live in a rental house instead.

Maritza cares for her children and, in her free time, she sells clothes to her friends. Sometimes her customers come to visit her at home.

This is Maritza's fifth loan through her community bank and she will invest it in buying clothes with which to stock her business.

Maritza's goal is to own a clothes store so that she can have a permanent business.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Linda Oxnard


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